Third stage in the normalization process

The UK moves to the third stage in the normalization process

In the UK, the third phase of the four-step normalization process started on 17 May. Now, cafes, restaurants and bars are accepted as customers indoors. As of today, a limited number of people will be able to come together at home.

The rules that have stretched since May 17 are listed as follows:

  • The rule of six will be extended to indoor areas, which means groups of six or larger if they are from just two households can meet in people’s homes. Domestic overnight stays will also be permitted, so long as they follow the same rules.
  • Groups of up to 30 will be allowed outdoors.
  • Some large events will also be allowed to resume. Indoor events will have a capacity of 1,000, or 50 per cent, whichever is smaller.
  • Outdoor events will be capped at 4,000 or 50% capacity.
  • Outdoor seated events, such as football matches, will be capped at 10,000 or 25% capacity.
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues will be allowed to open indoors, with the rule of six in place inside, and groups of up to 30 outside. Venues will still be table service only.
  • Indoor entertainment venues like cinemas, theatres and bingo halls will be allowed to reopen, with social distancing measures in place.
  • Organised indoor adult sport, such as badminton and indoor tennis, will be allowed to resume, and some gym classes will be allowed again.
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.
  • Domestic holidays have been allowed in household groups from 12 April, but from 17 May this will be extended to the rule of six.
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